A Brief Summary of the CMS Meaningful Use Final Rule

21 Oct 2015 11:35 AM | Denny Brennan (Administrator)

Life as a Healthcare CIO | John Halamka, MD | Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I’ve been asked to summarize the 752 page CMS Meaningful Use Final Rule.

Although it is a final rule, it has a 60 day comment period, so there is still is an opportunity to modify some of the criteria. Between the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the publication of the Final CMS Rule, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) passed to include sunsetting the Meaningful Use payment adjustment for professionals at the end of 2018. Also, MACRA requires the establishment of a Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) which would incorporate Meaningful Use. The comment period will be used in an attempt to align the Meaningful Use program and the MIPS program.

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